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Google Duo as a simple alternative for the deprecated Google Hangouts video calls?

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/04/18

Now that Google Hangouts on a PC keeps nagging that it will be replaced with Google Chat, and the main use case for my mentally retarded brother is video calls from behind his PC, I am going to investigate if Google Duo is any better (he loses mobile phones, which means no WhatsApp; Google Meet is to difficult for his mental abilities).

Some links to get me started:


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Cleaning up Google Drive (for instance when a rogue supplier decides to fill your Windows Documents folder) and preventing TomTom HOME to use too much information

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/04/12

The below links helped me clean the Google Drive of a friend that grew way too large because TomTom HOME decided to put 100 gigabyte of data in the Documents folder instead of the local AppData folder (yup, this is a follow-up of Windows applications: storing your data in the correct place (Roaming, Local, LocalLow, not Documents)).

The trick with extensions to exclude is you have to add exclusions before syncing. Which is a kind of catch-22 or chicken and egg problem.

In case of the friend I helped we made a backup of the TomTom HOME data, then applied the exclusions and restored the data.

For TomTom HOME in order not to fill your Google Drive, but still allow backing up your Documents folder, these are extensions you might want to exclude (roughly in descending order of space) where you have to mind not storing any of these extensions in other subfolders of your Documents folder.:

  • .zip
  • .cab
  • .toc
  • .tmp
  • .meta
  • .sat
  • .tlv
  • .ttd
  • .dat
  • .vif
  • .chk
  • .bin
  • .rex
  • .lde
  • .gpr
  • .dbl
  • .so
  • .ov2

The problem with this? Google Backup and Sync does not allow that many exclusion extensions.


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Speed up Upload and Download Speeds in Google Backup and Sync (formerly Google Drive)

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/31

[Wayback] Speed up Upload and Download Speeds in Google Drive is still relevant, despite the name change of Google Drive to Google Backup and Sync.

In my experience (fiber 100 mebibit symmetric with less than 5 milliseconds latency to the Amsterdam Internet Exchange) the only option that really matters is to set the Proxy Settings from “auto-detect” to “direct connection”. This saves as much as 25% on latency, which plays a big role when syncing many small files.

These are the steps in pictures:

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How to access’s Google+ communities archive? : googleplus

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/15

On my research list: [Wayback/] How to access’s Google+ communities archive? : googleplus, as there are so many interesting programming related posts there.

The main takeaway is that in order to access an archived Google+ post, you need to know or be able to reconstruct the canonical URL with language specifier to the Google+ post, see the comment in the first related link below.

It looks that for my archived profile links Wayback – Google+: Jeroen Wiert Pluimers (UUID) / Wayback – Google+: Jeroen Wiert Pluimers (user name) only some 30 links were archived directly through the WayBack save-as feature based on my UUID and some 250 based on my username profile:

. Hopefully more

Some related links:

  1. [Wayback/] dredmorbius comments on How to access’s Google+ communities archive?

    dredmorbius Author of the article you’ve linked.

    Unfortunately, no, there’s not a really good way of finding content on the Internet Archive’s WBM, unless you already know the URL(s) you’re looking for.

    Keep in mind that:

    • Not everything got captured. I’ve been having a discussion with another G+ user over this, and spot-checking multiple URLs finds no archive of many.

    • There are several variants of G+ post URLs. You want the one with the 20-digit numeric UUID, and NOT the “vanity url” +FirstnameLastname format.

    • Also strip out any instances of /u/[0-9]+/ within the URL. E.g., if you see “<UUID>”, change that to “<UUID>” (where UUID is the numeric user string).

    • User profile homepages are frequently archived, but the visible posts cannot themselves be opened. This is … unfortunate.

    • Similarly: only the first page of an infinite scroll of User, Brand, Collection, Community, etc., pages is captured. Unless there are multiple captures over time, you’re not going to get a full user history there.

    Generally, your best bet is to have some link to G+ content that you can convert to the appropriate format as Internet Archive might have saved, and check to see if it’s stored. Again, this is tedious, though at least in many cases, useful.

    There’s a list of some of the more notable G+ users and Communities at PlexodusWiki which may also be helpful in tracking down specific references.

    Also: it turns out that slight variations in URL format can mean you do or don’t find a page.

    I just ran into this trying to track down a post and discovered that the URL arguments — here a language specifier — are critical in returning the intended post.


    The fully qualified G+ URL is found:

    But stripping off ?hl=en, even when wildcarded, is not:*/

    Unfortunately, the IA’s WBM requires JS to return content, which means that simple means of testing with common shell tools in scripts (allowing a large number of candidate URIs to be checked quickly) isn’t possible.

  2. [Wayback] Doc Edward Morbius ❌​: “ You might also try appending “?h…” –
  3. [Wayback] G+ Notable Communities Database – PlexodusWiki
  4. [Wayback] Google+ tracker – #googleminus – Donate at for hosting the archives Dashboard
  5. [Wayback/] Saving of public Google+ content at the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine by the Archive Team has begun : plexodus
  6. GitHub – ArchiveTeam/googleplus-grab: Archiving Google+.
  7. [Wayback/] Plexodus: The Google+ Exodus subreddit : plexodus
  8. [Wayback/] Internet Data Is Rotting | Hacker News


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Need to keep an eye on Clockwise until it supports either personal (non G-Suite) Google accounts or Office-365

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/07

Too bad that when trying this out in 2021, you got the message

Please sign in with your work Google account.Clockwise does not currently support signing in with a personal Google account.

G-Suite only

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Please enable cookies to sign in to Clockwise

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  1. Open cookie settings by going to this url: chrome://settings/content/cookies
  2. At the bottom, in the “Allow” section, click “Add”.
  3. In the dialog that opens, copy and paste: [*.]
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